Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Simulation in Health Professions Education MED5395

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

In this course, students will identify and critique ways in which simulation may be used in the delivery of health professions education, in contexts of high- and low-resource. This will include the use of simulation in formative and summative assessment of clinical and communication skills.


tbc (distance-learning)

Requirements of Entry

Applicants should normally possess a medical, dental, or nursing degree from an institution recognised by the University Court; or a recognised degree from another appropriate health profession; they should ideally be employed in a relevant professional context. Applications will also be considered from individuals with other relevant degree qualifications (such as a BSc in a biomedical science), who are, or aspire to be, employed in the education of health professionals.


For applicants undertaking this course as part of the PGDip/Msc HPE or PGDip/MSc HPER, they would normally be expected to have completed the following courses successfully: Learning in Health Professions; Teaching in Health Professions; and Assessment in Health Professions.

Excluded Courses



Assignment relating to simulation (75%)

Contribution to online discussion (25%)

Course Aims

This course aims to give students the opportunity to:

1. Debate how simulation may legitimately be used in the delivery of health professions curricula, including in the assessment of clinical and communication skills;

2. Reflect on the resource required for simulation, and to think creatively about low-resource alternatives.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. Critique various uses for simulation in the delivery of health professions curricula;

2. Critically discuss the extent to which principles and theories of learning and teaching inform the use of simulation in health professions education;

3. Discuss how simulation may be practised in high- and low-resource contexts in health professions education;

4. Engage in critical debate on the evidence-base for the use of simulation in learning, teaching and assessment in health professions education.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.